Deacon Berard Dies in Dixon Aug. 26, Burial Aug. 29
September 3, 2020
DIXON—Deacon Edward Samuel “Sam” Berard, 82, of Dixon, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at his home. 
 
He was born Aug. 11, 1938, in Dixon the son of Edward and Catherine (Cushing) Berard. 
 
Deacon Berard was a machinist at Henry Pratt Co. for 42 years prior to his retirement. 
 
He was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Dixon and was a deacon for the Diocese of Rockford for 26 years. 
 
Deacon Berard was a spiritual advisor for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and visited nursing homes, hospitals and  served as the chaplain at KSB Hospital in Dixon. 
 
He served in the National Guard for 10 years. He was a Ham radio operator, K9KNV, since high school.
 
He was a trained weather spotter and was part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). 
 
He married Sherrill Tappainer Oct. 19, 1963, at St. Patrick in Dixon.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents.
 
Deacon Berard is survived by his wife Sherrill; two daughters, Michelle Berard of Dixon, Jennifer Williams of Sterling; one granddaughter Katherine (Katie) Williams of Kenosha, Wis.; and one sister, Martha Suzanne Klock of Rock Falls. 
 
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday Aug. 29, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick in Dixon with Father Keith Romke, pastor, officiating. 
 
Burial followed at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. 
 
A memorial has been established to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Patrick Parish in Dixon.
 
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